• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Heelball A composition of wax and lampblack, used by shoemakers for polishing, and by antiquaries in copying inscriptions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heelball A preparation of wax used by shoemakers in the form of a ball in burnishing the heels of shoes. Also called blackball.
    • n heelball A kind of dabber for spreading ink or color upon anything: used in taking trial impressions from engraved plates and the like.
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